Non-Muslim Women Try The Hijab For A Day

Non-Muslim Women Try The Hijab For A DayWorld Hijab Day calls on non-Muslim women to try out life under the traditional head scarf. Can it lead to more religious tolerance and understanding?

‘Oppression and divisiveness’

Originated by New York woman Nazma Khan, the movement has been organised almost solely over social networking sites. It has attracted interest from Muslims and non-Muslims in more than 50 countries across the world.

For many people, the hijab is a symbol of oppression and divisiveness. It’s a visible target that often bears the brunt of a larger debate about Islam in the West. World Hijab Day is designed to counteract these controversies. It encourages non-Muslim women (or even Muslim women who do not ordinarily wear one) to don the hijab and experience what it’s like to do so, as part of a bid to foster better understanding.

‘Choose the hijab willingly’

Esther Dale, 28, lives in the US state of California and is another non-Muslim trying out the headscarf for the day. The mother-of-three was told about the event by a friend of hers who is a “hijabi”. As a practising Mormon, Dale understands the importance of faith in daily life, and the judgement that can come with the associated clothing. She says she knows the stigma that surround the headscarf and hopes this is an opportunity to help combat that.

The hijab has been a frequent target of criticism from people like Maryam Namazie, a vocal ex-Muslim and campaigner, who sees the garment as a form of oppression. Organisers of this event say they were fed up with seeing the words “oppressed” or “subjugated” when it came to discussing the Muslim head-covering. They reject the notion that women only wear hijabs at the insistence of a father or a radical member of the family. This day, then, is about showing the world that women can choose the hijab willingly.

What are your views regarding modesty and women’s clothing? Are you willing to participate in the World Hijab Day to combat the misconceptions and stigma surrounding the hijab?

Source: Catrin Nye, BBC News

Image: Muslim Matters

Nintendo Unveils Miiverse Social Network

Nintendo Co. has taken the wraps off Miiverse, a social network designed for players of its upcoming Wii U video game console.

Standing in Nintendo’s Kyoto headquarters below the company’s motto written in Japanese calligraphy that translates to “creating something unique,” Nintendo’s Chief Executive Satoru Iwata in their video insisted that the Wii U, and Miiverse, will be a game-changer for the console business, which has been in steady decline over the last three years as consumers shift their focus and dollars toward games on smartphones and tablets, as well as social games on Facebook.

“People are gathered together in the same room, but they are not truly connected. They are paying more attention to their devices than to each other,” Iwata said. “We have to wonder what this will mean for the nature of human relationships moving forward. So one of the challenges we set for ourselves was creating something that will help unite people rather than divide them.”

While users will be able to access Miiverse posts and comments on a browser and mobile devices, its primary use will probably occur on the Wii U console.

Central to the Wii U is a tablet-sized controller with a 6.2-inch touch screen, dubbed the GamePad in a nod to the Nintendo Entertainment System’s controller in the 1980s with the same name. The television screen, meanwhile, shows the avatars of other players on the network, clustered around the game titles they happen to be playing at the time. A front-facing camera lets players initiate a video chat, with the person they are talking with appearing on the TV screen.

Iwata said he hoped Miiverse would foster “a new degree of empathy between players. We consider the small screen as the social window…. Miiverse can connect your living room with those of others, regardless of space or time.”

Do you like the newly-launched Miiverse? Tell us what you think of this social network!

Source: Los Angeles Times

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